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9 PART I. PAGES 1 TO 10. ) i:sTAi;Lisfii:i) junk iy, isti. OMAHA, SUNDAY MOKNIXO, JANtTAKV 24, ll04 THIUTY-HIX .kixulk copy 1'iYi: chnth. JATORE ON WARPATH German Pnfesier Qirei Hit Ideal of Cob of ihe 8toriei of the BiV. VOLCANIC ACTION ACCOUNTS FOR THEM """" Each in Hi Opinion Wn Aoeomp&nitneit to Giving, of Law U Moies. SODOM AND GOMORRAH LIKE ST. PIERRE Other 8'mhr Phenomena Mentioned in Varioui Piacea in thi Scripture. DISCUSSES THE LOCATION OF SINAI Believes It la Hot Located In the o- Called Mnaltle Peninsula, bat Probably More Remote from Fgypt'and S carer the lea. fCopyright. 1904, by Press Publishing Co.) " BERLIN, Jan. 23,-New York World Ca blegram Special Telegram.) "There was nothing miraculous about he giving of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai, as far na the accompanying phenomena are con cerned," declared Prof. Hermann Gunke"i to the World correspondent. Prof. Ounk.il, one of the most remarkuble theological gladiators which Germany has produced In the last generation, who has V aet the reliKlous world talking, a young .man for a German professor. In about to . years old, fresh looking, falr-halred, be spectacled and rather stout. He Is thor oughly modern, uteriy removed from the traditional type. He came to Berlin from the University of Goettlngen about flvo years ago, and has come Into public no .tire because of his keen Insight, profound Scholarship and fearlessness. , "where was Binal, I cannot say. But . the probability Is that it was not in the o-called Sinaitlc peninsula. In all prob ability It was more remote from Kgypt. nearer the coast of the Red sea, and In country where the Israelites could pasture ' their enormous flocks and herds. There Is no reason to believe that the so-called Sinaitlc peninsula, grew more grass In the time of Moses than now. Now It Is 2 dry desert, with here and there a grassy river f bed. "All through the Old Testament there re references to volcanic phenomena. If one only rends between the lines. Sodom and Gomorrah, for example. The old myth nays these two cities were destroyed by a rain of sulphur and fire and that the moke of the land went up as the smoke ' of a furnace. .The explanation of that Is this was' a volcanic eruption. , . "Read Psalms civ., 32: 'He toueholh the Mils and they smoke." The reference to volcanic acllonlln Isaiah xzxiv. 9, is still. more evident: ' The streams thereof shall -; bo turned .Into pilch and the dust thereof Into brimstone end the land thereof ahall ecoma burning pitch.' The writer evi dently knew about streams of -lava, and hence his Imagery. 7 ' . . "In the. case of Stnal there can be little doubt. It is , strange that the volcano theory ha not Been put forth before and accepted. . "Just- look at Kaodus xlx. There is here mention of a thick cloud on the mountain and the voice of a trumpet exceeding loud. It is well known to most travelers who have visited active volcanoes that sounds like a trumpet are often heard coming from the mouth of the. crater. The same chapter says that the whole mountain was smoking because the Lord descended In fire '' on it. The smoke rose from It as from a furnace. , The. whole mountain trembled and quaked greatly Passages in Deuter- 0 t onomy confirm the account In Exodus. "Jehovah .came down on the mountain In fir '-fhe mount burned With fire. It burned 1 ' Into tho heart of heaven, 'With darkness, cloud and thick durkness. This must be volcanic. The Mosaic myth' (sometimes the professor used the '-word' 'saga' to mean the HlblsV speaks of smoke, fire clouds. In which Jehovah's splendid coming was manifested, , "All 'throuRh the Old Testament there ore numerous passages In prose and poetry referring to tho Sinaitlc theory. We read that the ancient God appeared to Elijah as 1 dutfe did to Moses on the same spot. God Md broke the rocks to pieces. Then there Was an earthquake, and after the earth quake a Are. , . V "In the poetical books we have allusions to glowing coals, to the hot breath of Jehovah, like unto burning rivers of brim atone,, from mountains, melting llko wax. - "In the rnlted States you have' great wealth. Why not fit out an expedition of learned men and send them out? They may not find Blnal on the peninsula associated with it. It may be further south along the roast of the Red sea. It may not even be a prominent mountain. Perhaps a clue may be found In the fact that It took Elijah forty days to reach Sinai from his homo in Palestine." FRENCH PLAN FOR FAST TRAIN Trip to Bo Made from Paris to Mce at Speed of Maty Miles I Per lloor. (Copyright. 1904. by Press Publishing Co.) PARIS, Jan. 23. (New York World Ca blegram Special Telegram.) The Paris, Lyons A Mediterranean Railway company has arranged a time table by which certain trains ran run from Paris to Mitrsrll.es In eight hours and to Nice In three hours more. All that Is needed to put this schedule In force is the sanction of the minister of public works. The distance from Iaris to Nice is, ' roughly speak ing. 061 miles. So that to do the Journey In eleven hours would mean an average led of sixty milt an hour, without mak Ing allowance for stops. But on the line from Paris to Orleans, seventy-five miles an hour has already been attained. 80 lb blgh speed is no new thing la France. . LITTLE REMAINS OF THE MAGI Few Fragments of Spinal Colons. All that la Left of the Three Wise Men. (Copyright. 1M, by Prete Publishing Co.) MILAN. Itsly, Jan S3. (New York World ) Cablegram Special Telegram.) The great est attraction of the treasury of Cologne formerly was the collection of the turns of the three magi Caspar. Balthaxar and Melchlor exhibited In a glass case, let with priceless JweLs. The reliquary and Its contents hsve Just been given to the diocese of Milan and In. .rud in the basilica of St. Enstorge with pump. 1 11c remains 01 tns three snagl who once crossed the plain to take gifts to the child of Juda are now rep resented by a fuw fragments of the verte bral owl urns. HONORS SURPRISE A PAINTER Did Sot Expert Decoration of Legion of Honor Which Is too. . f erred II I m. (Copyright, I!H, by Press Publishing Co.) PARIS, Jan. a. -(New York World Ca blegramSpecial Telegram.) Much to his surprise, Paul Helles, the famous etcher and painter, has been decorated with the cordon of the Legion of Honor. "I can't Imagine why," says Helles, and modest as he Is, ht means it. Helles" art left a distinct impression In New York, whence he was hurriedly re called about a year ago by the Illness of his much loved daughter, which proved fatal. He leads a most retired life here. When reporters seek his opinion on this or that artistic -subject he la monosyllabic, or, Instead of answering questions, falls to sketching them with all his might. He affects black In his attire, and, as if for contrast, has an apartment entirely fitted up In white. Most of his furniture is Louis XV or Louis XVI, with an empire chest of drawers here and there. With the appreciative taste of a connoisseur, he has picked up an Interesting collection of curios. Gerome was one of Helles masters at the 8chc.ol Of Fine Arts.. Sargent and Dues first Influenced him trtake up pastels. He was successful from the Very first. Whist ler wss enthusiastic about his work and often went to Utiles' to romp with his small daughter. At her death the gifted American wrote tho most sympathetic of letters to Helles. Yachting Is HelltB' greatest delight. He says that when he was a boy and poor his one dream was to own a yacht. When he acquired fame and fortune he bought a fine yacht fiom the estate of an English officer who ins killed In the Transvaal. As early as May Helles sets out In the yacht aiid cruises along the French and English coasts. With him always Is one of his friends, such as the artists Jeannlot or Flament, but he works hard, often from early morning-- "To me the sea at 5 o'clock in the morning Is a marvelous thing." says Helles. "Nor do I ever weary of painting boats with their masts and sails whether in port or at sea." Here . the .artist never visits. He goes out only to see his printer or a picture dealer. He meets an old friend sometimes, who says: "My child, sou are feverish. You stay at home too much; come and take a cooling drink." But Helles hurries to his work again. CURIES ARE NOT COMING OVER Have Jfo Intention of Visiting Itan to 'Investigate Alleged Radian Find. (Copyright, 1904, by Press Publishing Co.) PARIS, Jan. 23.-(New York World Ca blegramSpecial Telegram.) M. Curie de nial to the World correspondent the report emanating from New York that he and his wife would soon leave for America to study the minerals alleged to be existing li Utah and Idaho, from which radium can be extracted. 1 'I can't Imagine the origin of the re port," he aald. "I never heard of the Captain Lawrence who is said to be as sociated with me in the scheme.""- "My wife and I both detest traveling. aside from bicycle outings, and would dread crossing: the Atlantic. Besides, I believe that we can serve sclen.ee better here in our laboratory." . ' . ' M. Curie is ne of the most remarkable personalities before the public. He is timid and ' unassuming beyond belief. Recently he unwillingly consented to become a can didate for membership In the Academy of Science at the same time as M. Amagat. In making the customary calls on the academicians who would do the voting, M. Curie deprecated his own candidacy and Insisted that M. Amagat was much nore worthy than he The result was that he brought about M. Anuurat'a election. ,M.' Curie's struggles w tlh poverty 'during his first scientific researches Are renerally known. Ha himself relates that after his marriage ceremony he had o'nly 1100, a sum not sufficient for an extended wedding trip, so he bought two bicycles, and he and his bride made a brief tour in the provinces. The French scientific world is delighted fhat.tho radium 'discovery was made In France. The press teems with accounts of the Jealousy of Arperican scientists, who are said to have a habit of arrogating all remarkable discoveries to themselves, religious' "orders wealthy Ona Two Hnudred Million Dollars la Bonds of tho Got 1 eminent. (Copyright, 1904, by Press Publishing Co.) ROME. Jan.J3.-(New York World Ca blegramSpecial . Telegram.) The recent conversion ef Italian government 4 per cent bonds Into 34 has brought to light the enormous accumulation of property by tho religious orders in Italy since 1870. Every order has been obliged to deposit Itst bonds at the Uanca d'ltalia for conversion, and statistics collected by the government re sulted in the discovery that In thirty years $3)0,000,000 in government securities have been accumulated by the several religious congregations. It Is estimated that their holdings in real estate In the city of Rome amount to 1100. OOO.OuO. Since the expulsion of the religious orders from France the members who have taken refuge in Italy have brought with them personal property amounting to more than $1,500,010. It Is estimated that the expenses of the religious orders In Italy amount at present to more than 14,000,0(0 a year, principally for educational pur poses. MISSOURI GIRL WINS HONORS Former sedalln Teacher. Gets Decree with Donble Honors at tho Berlin lalversity. (f opyrlght, 1904, by Press Jubllshlng Co.) BERLIN, Jan. 23. (New York World Ca blegramSpecial Telegram.) Ina A. Mll roy, who passed the most brilliant .exam ination in Berljn University, receiving Ins degree of doctor of philosophy with double honors a distinction gained by only one other woman la from Petrolt, Mich. She la the Arat woman chemist to obtain a duo tor's degree in Germany. Mina Milroy was a school teacher in Se dalla, Mo., In ISUO-fts. and then after some further prtparatlon at home came to Ber lin to study cherulstry. In U01 ahe passed the first examination on this subject for the degree 8h wrote a very technical thesis on "The Influence of Inactive Sub- Lstancea on Optical Rotation In Grape BJgar, defending her point . with great cleverness, against three opponents. Four other American women in Berlin have received the doctor's degree in art and history, but their success waa Lot ao striking as that of MUa Mtlrvy. DIVORCES A SCANDAL Pope Order Fetitiom for Disiolntion of Marriage Beodi Be Carefullj Ex i COUNCIL HAS MANY O' OlNG .- Nv?v. Hameroui Initanees nurch Hai , Been T ?s' , pon. REMOVE THE HEAv jf JOHN THE BAPTIST Eacred Belio Taken from Vat'caa and Be tamed to Former Beating Plaoe. AFFAIRS IN PANAMA WORRY THE POPE Action of Bishop Katrangea Govern ment and Colombian Liberals Also Threaten to Change Status In that Country. (Copyright, 1904, by Press Publishing Co.) ROME, Jan. 23,-(New York World Ca blegramSpecial Telegram.) The large number of applications to the Roman Curia for dissolution of marriages has alarmed Plus X, who has ordered that hereafter the Congregation of the Council, which bus charge of all these cases, exert the utmost care that decrees of this kind be denied until undisputable proofs are brought for ward that the' marriage was contracted under an existing nullifying Impediment and that In no case slmlP the mnrriaga be dissolved when It is known that the reason of the application is the desire of one of the parties concerned to marry again. The rumored Intention of the duke of Orleans to bring such a suit In crder to marry tho young Princess Metternlch was tho last straw that Induced the pope to look Into the matter of the number of applications now jending in Rome and the remedies to be, sought. Plux X was deeply effected when Prince Frederick. Schonberg-Walden-burg, for, whom he himself had performed the marriage ceremony In Venice, apj led for a dissolution of his marriage with Princess Alice, daughter of Don Carlos, on the 'ground of error, and he decided that the time had come to put a stop to the numerous rppeals to the Curia In such matters. Pending before the Congrega tion of the Councils are riow many suits for dissolution, among them one Instituted by Princess Rosplglioss, who was Mrs. Parkhurst of Bangor, Me. Nearly a dosen German noblemen have of late years ob tained decrees of the same kind from Rome and some of them have married again, to the great scandal of the comunltles in which they live. In many cases It has been found that persons have received decrees from the Roman congregation where the laws of their own country did not admit of their marrying again, and this fact has given rise to; serious complication. Here after it will be extremely difficult for Cath olics to obtain any such decrees of disso lution from the Roman Curia. The many complaints frotn American and Australian M shops, regarding the ahnr work or the propaganda have led to a proposal to extend the power of the metropolitan In every ecclesiastical province In Australia and the United States, In order that many cases which are now tuhmltted to Some may be decided by tho crchblshops at the head of the provinces.' The American archbishops, who are to' meet In Washln ton at the end of this month, have been asked to submit a list of the faculties and privileges they may desire, Returns Dead of John the Baptist. The head of St. John the Baptist, which was brought to Rome in the early cen turies by Grecian monks and which hud remained in the church of St. .Silvestro until 1S70. has been replaced there by! order of Plus X. When the Italian occupation of Rome took pluee in 1870 Pius IX. rtarlng profanation of churches and monasteries on the part of the Italian troops, had the relic removed to the Vatican,, where it hira remained ever since, enclosed In a beautiful urn of silver and crystal. The fathers of the Pious Society of Missions, cnlled Pallottlnl. win have fhe custody of the precious relic, .which is exposed several times a year to the veneration of the public. . , ' . The Congregation of the Index has been called upon to forbid the work leeently Issued by the famous Abbe Hqutin re garding the so-called "Americanism" in the church. The -author forcibly defends "Amerlcanlam" . an.i ria . , . . - ' - iu ueiiidiiniruie Hhat It Is necessary that a forp of cathollo- ..7 louna. entirely Independent from political affiliations. The abbe also states that the views of father Hecker, Arch bishop Ireland. Cardinal Gibbons and Bishop Spalding has made these prelates extremely popular in Europe. According to this work' even the condemnation Issued by Leo XIII has not modified the tenden cies and attitude of some American Catholics, and the European Catholics are still following their example in the ex pectation of a rejuvenated form of religion Imbued with a spirit of liberality. It Is the firm convlclion of knowing pre lates that the congregation will place Abbe'Houtln's work in the index In order to discourage any possible revival of the discussion in the church in America. Panama Trembles Vatican. The declson of the new Republic of Panama to separate church and stato was partly due to the bishop of Panama, Mgr. Junguito, who bitterly opposed . the con duct of the secessionists. The consequent withdrawal of government support will leave the clergy and churches destitute. It is feared at the Vatican that If the liberal party succeeds In electing its candi date for the presidency of Colombia the same policy of separation may be adopted by the government of Bogota because of the refusal of the Vatican to Interfere regarding the secession of Panama. Vntll now the Roman Catholic has been the only church officially recognised In Colombia and the xither religious bodies have not even been allowed to build churches. The support of the churches and clergy Is furnished principally from government funds, ai.d it is feared that if the liberal party shall come out victor ious, the same problems will face the church In Colombia as confronted it in Porto Rico. Cuba and the Philippine Islands after the American occupation. , The Vatican has advised Mgr. Nozaleda, former archbishop of Manila and recently promoted to the see of Valencia. Spain, to resign on account of the hostility of the Spaniards. The archbishop will probably follow this advice in the near future, but In the meantime he baa begun suits charg ing criminal -libel against several editors who attacked him as a traitor to Spanish interests In Manila when, after the Ameri can occupation, he took sides with the In vaders. The BpanUh government. In accordance with assurances given to the Vatican, hus (Continued on Second Page.) SEES EVIL TIME FOR FRANCE Abbe Delsor Says Present Coarse Is Raising. Ip an Outbreak of the Rabble. (Copyright. 1904. by Press Publishing Co.) PARIS. Jan. 23.-(New York World Ca blegram Special Telegram.) Abbe Dclsor, who represented Molshclm, Alsace-Lorraine, In the German Reichstag for fifteen years and who was expelled January 7 from France when he was ubout to deliver a lecture before the Catholic olub at Lune vllle, has been making some remarks about the Incident which the French dislike. "The spectacle presented 'by the French on this occasion," he declares, "does not become a people free and republican. To see the masses precipitating themselves before generals, prefects and ministers rep resenting debused Ideas, one would believe one's self In the Orient In the presence of that race of slaves which, prostrates Itself to have the honor of receiving a kick from the horse of a pacha on a pilgrimage to Mecca. 4 "The grain now being sowed In France in the matter of lay schools will soon bear fruit. Not with 'impunity can one bring up a generation with these doctrines and to the sound of the 'Marseillaise,' a hymn which has become and will alwa;- rest from a thousand circumstances as the song of the rubble." Ily-ti strange coincidence an anarchist explosion occurred on Boulevnrd Magenta, on the 100th anniversay of the origin of the "Marseillaise." The Incident of the expulsion nnfl tho abbe's comments upon It are attracting universal attention, the con census of opinio.i being that the expulsion was an arbitrary act. KAISER KNOWS SHAKESPEARE Takes Aetora to Task for Failure to rollovr the Lines of the Author. (Copyright, 1904. by Press Publishing Co. BERLIN, Jan. 23. (New York World Ca blegramSpecial Telegram.)-Emperor Wil liam Is the best Shakespearean scholar In his court. He has an Intimate knowl edge not only of the original English and of the.splendid German translation, but of the acting edition as well. Barnay. the great Bavarian actor and theater director, tells this story In his recenf Look of remi niscences: . "On one occasion on which 'Richard III' was performed at the Berlin Theater Royal ijt the presence of the emperor, the latter sent for Herr Barnay at the close of the performance and said to him: " 'During tho performance, Hcrr Barnay, four lines were said which are not to be found In the original Shakespenre.' " 'It la true,' returned the director. They aro on Interpolation by Dlngelstaedt (a commentator), to obtain greater clearness.' "The emperor frowned and said: 'In fu ture, Herr Director, see that you avoid such r.utilatlon. We are not to play tricks with Shapespeare.' "A better story is about 'Much Ado About Nothing.' The emperor wss listen ing to Frauleln Poppe as Beatrice declaim ing the beautiful speech beginning 'What fire Is In mine eyes.' , " That's all wrong,' exrlahped ; his majesty," turning to the empress. "'We'll have Poppe up here after the performance and I'll tell her how It must be done. And after the performance he recited the delightful little speech and Poppe said It could not be done better." CAPTURES BAND0F BRIGANDS Police Officer Wins by Strategy What He Waa I noble to Do by FiftMlnac. (Copyright. 1904, by Press Publishing Co.) PALERMO. Sicily, Jan. 23.-(New York World Cablegram Special Telegram.) A squud of police at Blsacqulno, on the Jook out for outlaws, discovered some saddle hordes richly caparisoned tied to trees near the road. Seeking the owners they soon discovered a band of men picnicking on the grass, who at the sight of the police seized their guns nnd opened fire. The po lice agents responded as quickly as possi ble, suddenly realizing that they had stum bled on a band of brigands. The fire lasted for forty minutes, with the result that Mirto, their leader (a fa mous bandit), was killed and all the others more or less injured. All the policemen were either killed or disabled, except the commander, who, by a strategic bluff, suc ceeded in capturing the members of the band who had survived. He gave orders to cease firing, desiring to make . the brigands believe lie had a large number of reserve forces on hand, while as a matter of fact not one of his men could fire an other shot. . The wounded outlaws surren dered and were made prisoners. NO SAFEGUARD TO HUMAN LIFE Paris t'adrrsjronnd Railway Does Kot PTOilt by Lesson of Great Catastrophe. (Copyright, 1S04, by Press Publishing Co.) PARIS, Jan. 23. (New York World Cable gram Special Telegram.) An accident on the Metropolitan railway this week shows that the recent horrible catastrophe may easily be repeated. ' The circumstances of the oc currence this week were identical with those of the other. One train, pushing an other, waa run Into by the one behind, causing slight Injuries to many. If the motors had taken fire the conditions exist ing before when eighty-four lives were lost might have been repeated. The changes and improvements ordered by the police have not been made. The same inflammable rolling stock Is in use. No attention has been paid to the sugges tion that instead of having one motor at the head of tho train there should be other smaller ones distributed through its length, Isolated, and so disposed as to work In dependently in case of accident. Even the luminous signs erected to indi cate the exits have not been made inde pendent, but are on branches of the ordi nary current. Worst of all, the third rail remains uncovered. KEEP DATE OF RELEASE SECRET Home Office Will Sot State When Mrs. Mayhrlek Is to Pasa the Prison Doors. (Copyright, 1S04. by Press Publishing Co.) LONDON, Jan. 23 (New York World Ca blegramSpecial Telegram.) The World correspondent has received the following letter from the British home service official, Akers-Douglas, with whom rests the re lease of Mrs Maybrick: Sir: I am directed by the secretary to state in rep;y 10 the Inquiry in your letter of the lbiti inst. that at present he can make no eommunlcation as to the date of Mrs. a'uybiUk's releaao. I am. sir, your obedient servant, M. D. CHALMERd. Mr. Chalmers is the permanent secretary of the home offlco DANGER HAS PASSED Eastern Bireri Beach Highest Foint at lire O'clock. LOSSES AMOUNT TO NEARLY ONE MILLION fieprti at La'.e Hour Ehow Waters Are Stationary or Falling. INTENSE SUFFERING IN PITTSBURG Timel7 'Warning of A-proaching Daiger Frerenta More Danger. ICE GORGi ATT0LED0 FINALLY GIVES WAY Immense Damage Done by the I aantlc fakes nnd It Is Estimated yfbnt Shipping Will X 11 Iter Heavily. PITTSBURG, Jun. 23.-Thc flood d.mKer at this point has passed. All day both rivers continued to rise until 5 o'clock this afternoon, when thirty feet and one tenth was reached at the Monoiigahela wharf. From flint hour on the water re ceded slowly until at 10 o'clock the gauge registered twenty-eight feet and station ary. The temperature has gone down con siderably, and a light snow is fulling. The Allegheny is still full of running lee, but It is much thinner than earlier In the day. From the headwater points 011 both the Allegheny and MononRahclu rivers tho re ports tonight show them to be cither Sta tionary or falling. At Oil City tho Allegheny is thirteen feet nnd falling six Inches an hour, nnd at Warren the river is station ary. At Greensboro, on the Mononguhela, the mark is fifteen feet six inches and falling. Colder weather with snow pre vails. Owing to the timely warning given of the approaching high water the actual damage done In Pittsburg- will probably not exceed $500,1)00 to property. The contdiuc'd rise, in the Allegheny fiver today caused the water to force lis way into no leas than forty-three manufactur ing establishments. The, estlmuU? of the number of men that are tTirown out of work by the flood for ftym a half day, to three or four duys, pluces the number at 40,000.' The loss to them In wages will go close to $100,000. It is known that several coul boats,' each holding 25,0X1 bushels of coul, and two barges, each holding 15,000 bushels, were sunk. The loss on this prop erty would bo about $100,000. Tho Model barge and its cargo was valued at $35,000. The Hornet No. 2 and the towboat Wini fred, which sank at Marietta, were valued at about $28,000. The loss on houseboats, landings, false work at bridges, coal 'tip ples and other river property wHl likely amount to about $75,000, making the esti mated loss on the river about $235,000. The high water will have Its benefits as well as damages. It is estimated that Tues day afternoon the water will have fallen enough to permit a rblumcnt of coaX-There are la the neighborhood of 15.000,000 bushels of coal awaiting shipment in and near the local harbor. Already preparations are be ing made to get out this product. Clncln-" pat) and other down-river points have been threatened with a coal famine for the last week, but aid Is now assured. There are enough towboat s in the local harbor or within One day's travel to take out 10,000, 000 bushels of .coal. The Monoiigahela river gauge at midnight reads 29.7 feet, and fall ing about one-tenth of a foot an hour. 81111 in ah at WherllnK. WHEELING, W. Vu Jan. 'JS.-The gen eral flood situation at on early hour this evening Is not so alarming. The high water has entailed a good deal of priva tion and inconvenience in the residence and business sections of Wheeling snd other towns up and 'down the river in this vicin ity. Railroads and traction lines are oper ating under difficulty. The river reached a stage at 9 o'clock this evening of 40.7 and was rising at the rate of about three Inches per hour. The crest will be reached, it Is expected, early tomorrow morning and a conseVvatlve estimate of the maxi mum stage places It at forty-three feet. EAST LIVERPOOL O., Jan. 23,-Busi-ncss has been practically at a standstill because of the high water in the Ohio rlwr. Hundreds of families herd and at Wellesville, O., have been compelled to move on account of the overflow, gnmo be ing taken from second story windows. OIL CITY, Pa., Jan. 18. A sudden drop In the temperature, bringing a light fall of snow, which is general throughout this section, hasi checked the river and the water is fulling at the rate of six inches an hour. The gorge Is from ten to twelve feet higher In Oil creek and at Tyronville. The water backed up for several miles, caus ing apprehension. In the lowland districts south of here many houses were swept away. YOCNGSTOWN. O., Jun. 3,-No trains are running on any of the steam roads ex cept the Erie and since noon all the elec tric lines in the city and Mahoning valley have suspended operations. The water Is still rlHlng and all police and firemen are on duty to prevent loss of life. An ice gorge Is formed north of the city and it is feared if it breaks tonight It will carry out all the bridges in tho city. Twenty-five thousand men have been rendered idle by the flooding of mills and factories. L'ecomlaa; More serious. ' MEADVILLE, Pa., Jan. 23,-The flood situation at 6 o'clock this evening Is tho worst it has been and threatens to become more serious. The French creek gorge Is two miles long and Alls the channel. CLEVELAND, Jan. 23 -As a result of a sharp drop in truj temperature there was a decided improvement in the flood situation here. The river since last night has gone down nearly eighteen Inches. It Is believed all danger of further extensive damage is over. ! LANCASTER, Pa., Jan. S3 -The ice on Coneetoga creek went out last night and carried away the new steel bridge of the Luncaster sc York Furnace Trolley line. Colder Weather Stops Floods. CINCINNATI. Jan. 23.-The sudden fall In temperature lust night has done' much to remove apprehension of a flood. The river here has actually fallen during the night and Is almost clear of ice. At ports mouth. O., the river is still ten feet lower than here, and while there has been a phenomenal rise at Piitslurg. there Is no corresponding inflow- from the Kanawha and other southern tributaries. This' condi tion makes it reasonably certain that there will be no disastrous flood on this part of the river. The steamer Courier Is ex pected to start from Maysville for Cin cinnati today, and on Monday navigation will be resumed In both directions. COLVMBl'S. O., Jan. M.-Tie flood in the Scioto river is receding. The water stands at seventeen feet and six-tenths (.Continued Second Page.) THE BEE BULLETIN. Forecast for' Krhraska Fair Sanday and Monday! Warmer Monday. Pa;e. 1 Professor's Idea of Bible stories. Divorce Scandals Worry the Pope. Flood DnmnHC In F.nst la Heavy. Fire Cannes Paiile In Skyscraper. 3 Working, to Solve Murder Mystery. Keeps on Preparing for War. llnaae Considers the Army Rill. o Financial lalslatlnn Likely. S fn from Nebraska Towns. t 4 Raise In Hnllrond Assessment. Searrhlna; for ilndy Lost In Trnnslt. f Kills Indlnn In Q on reel Over Trade lllnahnm (-sins IMendlly In Contest. Pnst Wrek In Omaha Korlrty. T Indicts Senator Rnrton of Knnsns. Democrats Ask for Correspondence K Council II Inn's and Inn Kews. 8 Good Prnlta of the Knmsny Hill. Pope on Church loslc. Keliors of the Ante Room. 10 Ontnry Old Mystery of Proasln. It Record of Omaha Postmasters. Vnn Sant Realises Ills Ambition. 12 Amusements nnd 'Moslc. 13 Weekly llevlcvr of Sporting Events 14 Fdltorial. 15 Career of the late lltlacn Train. IS Condition of Omnlin's Trndc. in Financial nnd Commercial. Sit to :i The Illustrated Bee. Temperature nt Omaha Yesterday Hour. Desr. Hour. Dear. '"" 8 1 p. m O n. 111 21 2 p. in u 7 4 .1 p. ni JO n. m (V 4 . ni 12 " n I R p. tn 11 ! n. in II p. m II 1 m H 7 p. 111 jo 12 m ASPECT OF AFFAIRS WARLIKE Hx-Governor Taft Speaks of Condi tions Witnessed in the Orient and of Ills Reception There. PAN FRAJs'CISCO, Jan. 23 Hon. W. H. Taft, former governor general of the Phil ippines, and now appointed secretary of war, left San Francisco this morning at 10 o'clock via the Overland Limited for Washington. He will pass through Omaha at 8:08 p. ni. Monday and will take the Northwestern from there to Chicago, and the Pennsylvania road from Chicago to Washington, . ' Governor Taft talked at length to a rep resentative of the Associated Press re garding conditions in the Philippines and briefly on the Japanese-Russian contro versy. No significance of a special nature need be attached to the haste with which he Is traveling. Secretary Root has been retuined now one month longer than hejiad expected, and was anxious to turn af fulrs of the department over to be settled so he could take up the practice of law In New fork. In regard to the trouble between Japan and Russia that prevailed when he left the Orient. ex-Governor Taft said that affairs looked quite warlike. He had hopes, how ever, that the cfisls might yet be bridged ovfr and Peace preseryed,, , , Jfae piUtad was a man pr rorce and tact, his caliber being shown By the high class of advisers he had gathered, around him. ' Governor Taft said that the reception given himself and wife by the mikado waa flattering in the extreme. . 7 Before leaving Manila the mikado detailed the Japanese consul at that point to per sonally escort Governor Taft and party, which he did, from that point to Naga saki, and from thence to Toklo. Governor Taft says that conditions in the Philippines are better than ever before, and he doubted if greater tranquillity ever prevailed, even under Spanish administra tion. RICH DEPOSITS OF RADIUM Fart ha In Texas Contain Large Pro portion of Most Expensive Metnl Known to Science, AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 23 What is claimed to bd the richest radium hearing earth in the world has been discovered in the Llano gold and coal fields 115 miles north of this city. Rumors of the discovery of the earth bearing a largo per rent of radium In the Llano have been persistent for some time, and today these rumors were verified by the return of a party of scientists who had vlsitedj Uie mines to Investigate the reports. These gentlemen state that the earths will produce a large percentage of radium than that of any other known deposit. DEAD NUMBER THIRTY-EIGHT Late Reports from Scene of Alabama Tornado Increase Fatali ties at Moundvllle. BIRMINGHAM, Alu.. Jan. 23. The . total number of dead In yesterday's tornado is thirty-eight, six of whom are white. The number of wounded Is estimated at sixty flvo, twelve fatally. Citizens of Tusca loosa are caring for the destitute. News reached here today that the re cent storm struck a settlement near Sum ter mines, in the southern part of' the county, killing four negroes, injuring sev eral others and damaging much mining property. CAPTAIN STREETER IN PRISON Head of Lake Front Biinatters Falls in Flfort to Get a New j Trial. CHICAGO. Jan. 23. "Captain" George Wellington Streeter was taken to the Joltet penitentiary today after a long legal fight to obtain a rehearing. He was convicted of complicity in the killing of a private watchman named Kirk, who, with others, wss guarding property against squutters in the so-called district of Luke Mlchigun, PLACE BLAME ON CONDUCTOR Jury at Peoria Recommends .Iowa Central Employe Be Held for Manslaughter. PEORIA, III.. Jan. f3.-The coroner's Jury which hac been investigating 'the collision on the Iowa Central between a work train and cut of cars, Monday noon, resul.lng in three deuthk, has held I. N. Walker, conductor of the work train, guilty of crlm inul negligence and recommends that he be held for manslaughter. To Foreclose Bvllrvn Town Lots. PA PILLION, Neb., Jan. t3.-(Special.)-Proceedlngs of foreclosure have been in stituted aguinst about $00 Bellevne town lots. These lots were sold on account of delinquent taxes and the buyer desires to foreclose. FIRE IN SKYSCRAPER Blaze in Ifatonio Ten:. pie Canaes Panio Among Ita Two Thousand Inmates. NUMBER ARE INJURED, BUT NONE KILLED Elevator San Cei.iiinoialy Daring Prog rese ef the Tire. DOWN FIRE ESCAPE NINETEEN STORIES Exp!o3ione of Vaeanm Tubes Make it Dangerona for Firemen. MONEY LOSS COMPARATIVELY SMALL Police and Firemen Experience tho Greatest IIIHIculty In Controllings the Crowds Inside nnd Out side the nulltrtna. CHICAGO, Jan. Xi. Fire 111 the twenty story Masonic Temple today cuused u panic amors tho 4,uOO occupants of tho building and. damaged the, stock and llxtures of tenants to the extent of CUM, All the oc cupants escaped without serious injury through. the bravery of the elevator men, who remained at their posts operating their cars while the dei.'Be clouds of smoke filled the building. The Are broke out In Uie suite of five rooms on the ilfth llcor ccAipled by Uob crt FjMedlander A Co., manufacturers of X-ray rparalus. lighted match care lessly thrown by an employe Into a pile of excelsior In the packing room is believed to have started the tire. There was a largo number of X-ray' vacuum tubes stored in the company's roomsind these exploded the moment the heat reached them. Robert Friedlnnder. senior member of the firm, realized the danger from these tubes and worked until overcome by sc.oke throwing them out of the window. The fire spread rapidly from the packing room to the other rooms, and in a few minutes the entire suite was on fire and tho light shaft of the building was filled with flames. The thousands of occupants of the building, with the memory of the Iroquois theater holocaust, which occurred but half a square away, fresh In their minds, were dlarmed ; when clouds of smoke filled every floor, and rushed to the elevators. Many Women fainted In tho scramble to get Into tho elevators, ,but none were Serloiifcl? Injured. The largo building was emptied-within half an hour after the fire was discovered. Hundreds of men and women groped their way through the smoke and came down the stairs.' Tho Injured were: Robert Frledlander. Aged 43, overcome by smoke and slightly burned. Julius Krnst, hands and face burned. John Stack, Flock boy, slightly burned about hands. Henry Huest, s'lghtly burned about head. H. Rmlth, 60 years of age, trampled by crowd. Walter Daveny. hands cut by fiytng glass. Walter R.. Parker, burned shout fare. Kstelle .Mcleod. . f)lgbtLy burned a-hout TScO (MIT ovrn o:iiery smclte. William fk'hults, fireman, both hands cut by flvlnif glass. Carl Tlllenbaeh. fell down stairs while leaving building, badly bruised. t That the damage to property and individ uals was not greater was probably due largely to the efficiency of the fire drill of the employes.' When tho great bell sounded th alarm every Janitor, engineer and fire man In the building responded and long before the fire department had reached tho building the Temple Are brigade had at tached hose to the standplpes and eight streams of water were turned upon the con flagration by the volunteer firemen. The lire department used but little of Its hose, the building equipment being called Into use. Since the Iroquois fire Thomas McLcnnon, the fireman stationed at the building, has been drilling the volunteer firemen twice a week. EIGHT . LIVES ARE LOST Only Two Saved Out of a. Crew of Nine Persons Cries for Help from Impenetrable Fosr. NKW YORK, Jan. r Seven lives were lost in the wreck off guogue, L. I., vf the four-masted schooner Augustus Hunt, bound . for Boston from Norfolk, Vs. Of the crew of nine only two were saved. Sec ond Mate George Ebert of Clevelund. O., . and a 8wede, 'who was unconscious when washed on the beach. Boon after midnight. In a dense fog, the schooner stranded near the beach. For hours the Iifesavers were able to bear the cries of the men on the vessel, which was near at hand, but burled In the fog. They were absolutely unable to help the men. Time nnd again they lauchod their boat, only to luiTe It hurled back by the heavy surf. Ebert was clinging to some wreckage on the deck when the whole mass went over board, carrying him with it GUESTS SURROUNDED BY FIRE Jump from Motel Windows In Their fightclothra and Barely Escape with Their Lives, WAGON MOUND, N. M., Jan. M Fire of unknown origin today destroyed ths big Wagon Mound hotel and for a time threatened to wipe out the entire town. The proprieter of the hotel, his wife and all the guests were forced to flee in their night clothes and several had to Jump from windows to save their lives. J. W. Jenkins was almost suffocated. The flames spread to the Santa Clara hotel and dam aged It considerably. PASTURE LANDS IN FLAMES Prairie Fire Rasing la Texas Hast of Laredo and Acres of GrasluaT Lands Are Hnlned. LAREDO, Tex., Jan. 23. Reports re ceived here by several large ranch men ure to the effect that an uncontrol lable prairie lire is raging on their pas tures fifty miles east of this city. Over 100,000 acres of fine gracing land has al ready been burned over, ruining the pas turage until the spring rains restore the vegetation. BARS THE GOLD DEMOCRATS Ko Man Voting; for Palmer and Buckler May Be President, ays Bryan. NKW YORK. Jan. 23.-Wll)lam J. Uryan, In an interview here today, mads the fol lowing sUWmcnt as to the democratic nomination for president this year: "No man who voted for palmer and Buca ner will be nominated." . i